“If the whole human race lay in one grave, the epitaph on its headstone might well be: “It seemed like a good idea at the time.”
Writer Rebecca West
Dame Cicely Isabel Fairfield DBE, known as Rebecca West, or Dame Rebecca West, was a British author, journalist, literary critic and travel writer. An author who wrote in many genres, West reviewed books for The Times, the New York Herald Tribune, the Sunday Telegraph, and the New Republic, and she was a correspondent for The Bookman. Her major works include Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, on the history and culture of Yugoslavia; A Train of Powder, her coverage of the Nuremberg trials, published originally in The New Yorker; The Meaning of Treason, later The New Meaning of Treason, a study of the trial of the British Fascist William Joyce and others; The Return of the Soldier, a modernist World War I novel; and the “Aubrey trilogy” of autobiographical novels, The Fountain Overflows, This Real Night, and Cousin Rosamund. Time called her “indisputably the world’s number one woman writer” in 1947. (Wikipedia)
——Ah, how many times people screw up because “It seemed like a good idea at the time.” Perhaps that thought should be a warning : Alert: Screw up about to occur.
Reflection…the best ideas in the world need time to germinate and stand up to the scrutiny of reflection. Maybe, perhaps, possibly, we might know if the idea is “good.” Truly good ideas are still standing the test of time several years later.
Warren Buffet recently had excellent quote about the debt ceiling during an interview on CNBC:
“I could end the deficit in five minutes. You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election.”
“If we get fired, it is not failure, it’s a midlife vocational reassessment.”
P J O’Rourke
Patrick Jake “P. J.” O’Rourke born November 14, 1947, is an American political satirist, journalist, writer, and author. O’Rourke is the H. L. Mencken Research Fellow at the Cato Instituteand is a regular correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, The American Spectator, and The Weekly Standard, and frequent panelist on National Public Radio’s game show Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me.
“Your world is as big as you make it.”
Georgia Douglas Johnson
Georgia Blanche Douglas Camp Johnson, better known as Georgia Douglas Johnson (September 10, 1880 – May 14, 1966), was an American pet, one of the earliest African-American female playwrights and a member of the Harlem Renaissance.
“Always set high value on spontaneous kindness.”
Samuel Johnson ( 1709- 1784), often referred to as Dr Johnson, was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. Johnson was a devout Anglican and committedTory, and has been described as “arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history”.
“Give to the world the best you haveand the best will come back to you.”
Madeline S Bridges
Madeline S. Bridges is the pen name of Mary Ainge De Vere, an American poet from Brooklyn, NY. She was born in 1844 and died in 1920.
“It only takes a second to change, but a lifetime to maintain change.”
Thomas J “Tom” Peters is an American writer on business management practices, best known for In Search of Excellence (Co-authored with Robert H Waterman Jr.) The primary ideas espoused solving business problems with as little business-process overhead as possible, and empowering decision-makers at multiple levels of a company.
If you don’t measure what you value, you won’t value what you measure.
Some days are more drastic than others, but did we learn from them?
You get what you inspect, not what you expect.